Airbus A380 ? The Piece of Future

One of the loudest news of the aircraft constructing industry is now the completing of Airbus A380 creating. This vehicle was promised to become the champion in the competition to create the highest-capacity passenger carrier.

One of the loudest news of the aircraft constructing industry now is the completing of Airbus A380 creating. This vehicle was promised to become the champion in the competition to create the highest-capacity passenger carrier - until now Boeing 747 was the one for 35 years. Now Boeing 747, also known as the Jumbo jet, is the highest-capacity aircraft in use, and making it the second one is only the problem of time for the Superjumbo, as A380 was called.

The first Airbus A380 buyer, Singapore Airlines will launch it in its flight schedule in the fourth quarter of the next year. Airbus A380 was born from long-lasted competition of Boeing and Airbus. It began as cooperation, created to develop a "Very Large Commercial Transport". However, both companies followed the rules of market and decided to create their own projects. The Boeing was the pioneer in this field with Boeing 747, originally designed in 1960s, and greatly improved since then. All these years Boeing 747 had the title of the biggest airliner - not Airbus planes, neither Boeing own models could exceed its capacity record.

These were the volumes, in which Airbus started to develop an A3XX project, which was recalled as A380 in 2001. Simultaneously the Singapore Airlines were named as a first launcher of new Airbus plane. April 27, 2005 was the date of official presentation of the result and a maiden flight of new Airbus A380 prototype in Blagnac International Airport, situated in Toulouse, France.

What is the new Airbus A380 in particular? A double-decked aircraft equipped by four engines. It will allow to carry 555 passengers in classic three-class configuration against 400 Boeing seats (the one-class layout will allow to increase this number to 800). It can fly over 15 thousand kilometers with maximum speed 945 km/h. It will be delivered in two general modifications - A380-800 will be classic passenger carrier, when A380-800F is expected to be 150-tones freighter with 10 thousand kilometers as maximum range of flight.

One of the outstanding possibilities of aircraft improvement was discussed in publicity. Because of the great capacity Airbus A380 could become a relaxation or entertainment flying centers, equipped with casino, bars, shops etc. Since many people were exited with such idea, only one air carrier, Virgin Airlines, is known to use this ability of A380 - it decided to install a casino on their future Superjumbo. As the example of Boeing 747 proved, the only potential branches of modernizations which worth to realize are increasing the quantity of seats and - as the result - getting the lower price of ticket. Of course, these are only thoughts about something that actually hasn't happened yet. But the number of A380 orders, made by plenty of different famous airlines, such as Singapore Airlines, Air France, Qantas Airways and others proves, that this new Airbus model has a great future. Its possibilities will be widely used as well in passenger carrying service, as in transporting of different cargos.

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